No, there are not two Jets teams in parallel universes. In the NFL, inconsistency is almost universal, and that goes for teams both with and without rookie quarterbacks and cornerbacks.
Best Offensive Jet:
Biggest Key to the Win: See above. The Saints knew the Jets, crippled at wide receiver, had to run it, yet never sealed the edge until Marty Mornhinweg went too vanilla on the last three series, resulting in two 3-and-outs and
Best Hole: At the risk of beating a dead horse — the left side of the Saints’ defensive front — it was the hole created by Colon and Howard on Ivory’s 3-yard touchdown run that ended a 22-possession TD drought.
Second-Best Hole: Brees facing fourth-and-19 with 90 yards to go and 1:27 remaining. Let’s see him get out of that one.
Best footwork: On his touchdown, Smith cut back on Saints DE Cameron Jordan faster than even Jet Nation’s mood can swing from week to week. He scored untouched after a very nice play fake.
Worst footwork: Cromartie slipped on a 60-yarder to Robert Meachem that set up the Saints' second touchdown. Cro then gave up the touchdown on a box-out by Jimmy Graham — no shame in that one.
Best Decision: After trying Ivory just on first down at the 4, then settling for a field goal after two passes, Marty Mornhinweg stuck to the ground the next two times in the red zone and two touchdowns resulted. You’ve got to feed the beast.
Next Best Decision: Flanker screen to
Best Throw: By Joshua Cribbs to
Over/Under on Folk’s Next Miss: 2016.
Worst Official's Call:
Who Are Those Guys?: Salas had two catches and Sudfeld two after
Unsung Heroes: There were 76,957 of them rattling the high-powered Saints into a delay-of-game penalty, a timeout and a false start on the game’s first possession. When New Orleans got the ball back with 1:59 to go, Brees had to go 81 yards against them, too.
Greatest Blessing: The bye week, next week, with all these receivers and now Antonio Allen hurt.
Biggest Key to the Rest of the Season:
Second-Biggest Key to the Rest of the Season: Geno Smith. Only one questionable throw, a floater into coverage, saved from an interception in the nick of time by
Best Reason to Believe the Jets Will Stop Alternating Wins and Losses: They won’t be playing three of the best teams in the league on consecutive weeks. Of the seven teams remaining on their schedule, only Carolina has a winning record.